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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Aging Veterans, Spouses and Widows Special Pension Benefit - You might Qualify

Comfort Keepers® Is Honored to Serve Our Nation’s Veterans

Home Care for VeteransWe feel privileged to provide home care for veterans who served our nation in its time of need. We provide you with the information to work through the paperwork to help you avoid potential pension claim delays. Once you become an approved participant in a VA program, Comfort Keepers will provide the quality home care and companionship our veterans deserve. There are several veteran in-home care programs for which an individual may qualify:
  • Improved Pension Benefit Program
  • Homemaker/Home Health Aide Program
  • In-Home Respite Program

Who Qualifies?

If you or your spouse served 90 consecutive days of active military duty – at least one of those days during a U.S. declared war – you may qualify or be partially qualified.
Other qualifications include specific financial criteria and documented physical need for in-home care.
To begin the application process, you will need:
  • Original discharge certificate
  • Marriage certificate (divorce papers from any prior marriages, if applicable)
  • Death certificate of veteran (if applicable)
  • Social Security numbers for the veteran and spouse
If you think you may qualify for one of the VA programs, give Comfort Keepers in Springfield PA a call at 610-543-6300 or go to our website at www.comfortkeepers.com/office-326/ to get more information.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day!

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We hope you have a safe and Happy Labor Day weekend!
Thanks for reading and commenting on our blog.

Although Labor Day recognizes the work force of this country, we also would like to take this opportunity to thank the working service men and women who are keeping our country safe now and in the past. Thank you to our Veterans and their families.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chichester Alumni Community Band is open to everyone who ever played an instrument in high school band

One day I met a lady who had a jacket on that said Guitar With Gloria. Curious I asked "What is Guitar With Gloria?" and that was the start of a conversation you should hear. The lady, Gloria Hoffner told me her story of having been a journalist for many years for Philadelphia Newspapers. As her career in the field of journalism started to wind down, Gloria like many folks wanted a new career in a field where she could earn money but enjoy herself doing something she loved. Having been in a band in high school and being in love with music much of her life, she decided to explore her options in the music field. She started a business called Guitar With Gloria where she would offer her services to sing at nursing homes and assisted living centers throughout Delaware County. Although her business grew rapidly she continued to volunteer her time as a member of the Chichester Alumni Band. Curious again I asked "What is the Chichester Alumni Band?" To which she answered:

"The Chichester Alumni Community Band's members are graduates of Chichester and is open to everyone who ever played in a high school band. We have members from Notre Dame, Sun Valley, Cardinal O'Hara, Swarthmore - a great mix of wonderful people.,

Here is the back ground....Kathryn Forwood started the Chi high school band in the 1950s when she was hired as a choral teacher. Her life long dream was to be a band leader but she had to fight West Chester University who told her "you can't take conducting classes because there are no women band conductors" and later the high school who said "there will be no woman band director at this school". She pressed forward, started the band and after she retired the school named the auditorium in her honor.

Later at a reunion, her former students came together and formed the Chi Alumni band to play and surprise her. They later decided to stay together as an alumni band. A few years later at the request of community residents who did not attend Chi, the band added "community" and welcomes all former band members of any high school. The band also has a band front.

The band plays a concert once a month at a local nursing home, a summer outdoor community concert in Marcus Hook and participates in local parades. The band presents a scholarship each year to a Chi grad majoring in music in college.

Our director Audrey Murphy, is a graduate of Chi, and has her masters in music. She directed a high school band in Delaware and is now retired." said Gloria.

"Wow!" I replied. "This sounds like a great activity for senior citizens and retirees in the community and they probably don't know anything about it".

So if you are looking for a fun group to get involved with, the Chichester Alumni Band might be for you. If interested, contact: Jason CollisonPresident and Percussion Captain of the Chichester Alumni Band at: DrummerJMC@comcast.net

The band welcomes new members!

Monday, August 24, 2015

September is right around corner - Hunger Action Month, will you help?

Are your employees looking to participate in an easy but rewarding opportunity to help others? If so, consider a Stop Senior Hunger food drive during the month of September. Comfort Keepers serving communities in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia PA counties is looking for partners to host a food drive during the month of September - Hunger Action Month!
Hosting a food drive is very easy. To get started, place a call to the Comfort Keepers office at 610-543-6300. Tell the receptionist you are calling about hosting a food drive, she will connect you with our Community Outreach/Stop Senior Hunger Coordinator Melody McHugh. Melody will assist you with setting up your drive for the month of September. 
Comfort Keepers can provide you with a collection box, flyers to hang or hand out and will promote your organization on our web page and other social media sites. Once your food is collected, a Comfort Keepers staff person will come to your location and pick up the food. The food is then personally delivered to a senior citizen program such as the Senior Adult Activity Center S.A.A.C Center in Norristown or is taken directly to some senior citizen apartment dwellings in Delaware County PA that are willing to accept and distribute the food. 
To see more on our current and past collection sites, click HERE. If you have a school group/class, private organization or faith group that would like to collect food for Stop Senior Hunger, please give us a call at 610-543-6300 or email Melody directly at melodymchugh@comfortkeepers.com.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Summer's Coming to End Fall's Approaching - Volunteering

As the fall approaches and summer ends many older adults will be losing their grandchildren to Back To School Days finding themselves alone during the day and looking for something to do.

Might we suggest volunteering?

There are tons of volunteer opportunities for all interests and all ages right here in Delaware County, PA. Are you a people person? Do you like to sit and talk? Maybe visiting home bound older adults is something you would like to do.

Want to make a difference but you are more active and less social? If so Meals on Wheels often needs volunteers.

Maybe you loss someone and you would like to give back? If so Hospice is always looking for great people to sit and talk or read to patients.

If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, contact COSA, the County Office Service of Aging, they can give you some direction on where to go. www.delcosa.org.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Alzheimers and Pet Therapy

Pet therapy has been shown to be particularly helpful to Alzheimer’s patients and those affected by other dementias. Pets, and dogs in particular, can calm those affected by dementia, help them stay active (Dogs love to walk!), and help them stay social through interactions with passersby who cannot resist these fuzzy companions. Dogs in general often provide enjoyment for those dealing with dementia, and it has been shown that dementia patients have a greater appetite following a visit from a canine companion.
The good news is there may be new promise in the area of pets helping people with dementias. Imagine dogs trained to remind a person to take medication and eat, or lead a person with dementia back home. Even more impressive, imagine these dogs could accomplish all of these tasks without receiving any type of verbal command. Does this sound farfetched (no pun intended)?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Special Pension Aging Veterans - Get help in home if you qualify

Comfort Keepers® Is Honored to Serve Our Nation’s Veterans

Home Care for VeteransWe feel privileged to provide home care for veterans who served our nation in its time of need. We provide you with the information to work through the paperwork to help you avoid potential pension claim delays. Once you become an approved participant in a VA program, Comfort Keepers will provide the quality home care and companionship our veterans deserve. There are several veteran in-home care programs for which an individual may qualify:
  • Improved Pension Benefit Program
  • Homemaker/Home Health Aide Program
  • In-Home Respite Program

Who Qualifies?

If you or your spouse served 90 consecutive days of active military duty – at least one of those days during a U.S. declared war – you may qualify or be partially qualified.
Other qualifications include specific financial criteria and documented physical need for in-home care.
To begin the application process, you will need:
  • Original discharge certificate
  • Marriage certificate (divorce papers from any prior marriages, if applicable)
  • Death certificate of veteran (if applicable)
  • Social Security numbers for the veteran and spouse
If you think you may qualify for one of the VA programs, give Comfort Keepers in Springfield PA a call at 610-543-6300 or go to our website at www.comfortkeepers.com/office-326/ to get more information.